Additional, much-needed, Garda resources confirmed for west Cavan

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith has received confirmation that two additional Garda Sergeants will be allocated to the Ballyconnell Sub-district. This follows continued efforts by the Deputy to secure increased resources for the area.

Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “I have also been informed that it is envisaged that additional resources in this regard will be allocated to Cavan District going forward.

“Following the despicable attack at the end of February on a Member of An Garda Síochána in the Blacklion area I had raised again through Parliamentary Questions in Dáil Éireann the need to provide additional Garda resources to the Cavan/Monaghan Garda Division in view of the unique policing demands of the border region.” 

The Cavan and Monaghan TD added: “The Garda Authorities state that as of 28 February 2022 there were 382 Gardai assigned to the Cavan/Monaghan Division. This is an increase of 20% compared to December 2015, when there was 318 Gardai assigned to the Division. Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee also added that the Armed Support Unit in Cavan has also enhanced and supported border policing and security, and will continue to do so.”

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3/05/2022

Heritage Council funding for Cavan/Monaghan projects – Brendan Smith TD

€407,000 in Heritage Council Funding

I welcome the  confirmation from the Heritage Council of funding in 2022 for a number of projects in Cavan and Monaghan.

Cavan County Museum Interactive Heritage Map Cavan Project €13,950

Killeshandra Tidy Towns Heritage Group – Rath Church Preservation €18,000

Town Team Cootehill – Coote Family Vault Conservation Project €20,000

Cavan County Council – Placing Heritage at the Heart of Communities in Cavan €8,000

Cavan Historic Graveyards Network €12,000

Cavan County Council, Monaghan County Council and Donegal County Council

  • Ulster Land Estates Data Collection and Input €10,938

Monaghan County Museum – A contested history – An Accessible heritage €20.000

St Louis Secondary School Conservation and Restoration of 3 windows and doors €19,900

Monaghan County Council – Enhancements to buildings in Dublin Street, Monaghan €247,952

Monaghan County Council – Biodiversity and Heritage Strategic Plan Implementation €36,000

“The Heritage Council provides some funding towards work on heritage and regeneration projects and also assistance towards conservation works.  This funding is particularly important for many community organisations undertaking such improvement works”, stated Deputy Brendan Smith.

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Progress with Killeshandra Health Centre – Brendan Smith TD

Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith has been informed by the HSE that the construction of the new Health Centre in Killeshandra is due for completion at the end of June this year. 

“The HSE in their response to my ongoing representations stated that once completed the new Primary Care building will be comprised of one Primary Care Team with capacity for wider services in Primary Care and other divisions who will be able to avail of bookable space.

The provision of a modern Health Centre with up to date facilities will enhance the delivery of health services for the Killeshandra area.  I have asked the HSE to ensure that as wide a range of services are provided in Killeshandra as soon as practicable when the new building is complete”, stated Brendan Smith.

HSE correspondence attached.

Brendan Smith welcomes €2.3m for three local projects to boost community living for people with disabilities

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith, has welcomed €2.3m in approved funding for three disability service projects in Cavan.

Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “I very much welcome funding of €2.3m to renovate three purchased residential dwellings in County Cavan, in Kilnavara, Creighan and Carrickaboy.

“These excellent projects offer community living to people with disabilities. It gives people the opportunity to live in a home of their choice. They will also have the chance to become a part of their community and can live their best lives.”

Over €5.9 million has been approved by the HSE for congregated settings under the Capital Developments Scheme across Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo.

Following a submission to the Department of Health in June 2015, a €100m programme, cash-flowed over five years, was approved within the Capital Plan to provide residential accommodation in the community for residents of institutional congregated settings. The submission was in response to the Department of Health 2011 policy document; ‘The Congregated Settings Report – A Time to Move On’ and, the HIQA document; ‘National Standards for Residential Services with Disabilities’ 2013.

The priority to date has been on the purchase of houses in the community and the adaptation of these houses to suit the requirements of residents moving from congregated settings.

This programme was somewhat delayed in 2020 due to the impact of Covid-19, but continued in 2021 with an added goal of working closer with local authorities and approved housing bodies to avail of other Government funding through the Capital Assistance Scheme.

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26/04/2022

25th April 2022 HSE Media Release


Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo

Bailieborough Courthouse –


Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic to be held in Bailieborough


A pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will be held at the Courthouse in #Bailieborough, Co. Cavan on Saturday April 30th..The clinic will run from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday afternoon and will offer Dose 1, Dose 2 and Booster vaccinations to those aged 12 years and over.


Cavan CVC Operational Site Manager Eddie Ward said “This is the first in a series of pop-up clinics that will be run over the coming month across County Cavan, and are part of a broader County Cavan COVID-19 Vaccination Outreach Programme aimed at making COVID-19 vaccination as easy and as accessible as possible for local communities across County Cavan. We would encourage all those who are eligible to avail of the booster vaccine as soon as they are eligible. Those who had COVID-19 at Christmas time are now eligible for their booster vaccine. There are many ways of availing of our vaccination programme including at our pop-up vaccination centre in Bailieborough on Saturday.”
The clinic is walk-in, no appointment necessary for all three vaccines.
For those aged 12 to 15 years they can receive their Booster dose after a 6 month interval from D2.


Those that have been COVID-19 Impacted must wait 28 days to receive D1 or D2 and 6 months to receive their Booster Dose.


For those aged 16 and over they can received their Booster dose after a 3 month interval from D2.


Those that have been COVID-19 Impacted must wait 28 days to receive D1 or D2 and 3 months to receive their Booster Dose.


For more information on COVID-19 vaccines go to COVID-19 vaccines – HSE.ie

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25/04/2022

Reminder: Applications for school transport for the new school year 2022/23 will close on Friday 29 April 2022

Dear Deputy,

Following my earlier correspondence in February, I just wanted to remind your constituents that applications for school transport for the new school year 2022/23 will close on Friday 29 April 2022.  This applies only for new applicants seeking primary and/or post-primary school transport for 2022/23.  That includes: 

  • Students starting school in September 2022
  • Students moving school, including those moving from primary to post-primary school
  • Students who have or will move address before the 2022/23 school year

The closing date for new applications is fast approaching (Friday 29 April) and all students who are eligible for school transport will receive seats if they have applied and paid by the relevant deadlines.

No fees are required at this point as the payment portal will open in June 2022. Further communication will be sent to registered applicant families in relation to payments for school transport for the new school year.

Please note that reduced fares for School Transport were announced as part of a package of Government initiatives to encourage greater use of public transport services and to assist with the overall increased cost of living. The annual family maximum contribution for Post Primary transport will reduce from €650.00 to €500 for the 2022/23 school year, with the family maximum fare for Primary school transport reducing from €220 to €170.

School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education.  In the current school year, over 122,000 children, including over 16,000 children with special educational needs, are transported on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country. Bus Éireann understands how important the school transport service is to families and schools throughout the country.

For more information about school transport, please visit About School Transport – Bus Éireann – View Ireland Bus and Coach Timetables & Buy Tickets (buseireann.ie).

I appreciate your help and support as always, in communicating relevant updates on school transport with your constituents.

Regards,

Miriam Flynn

Chief Schools Officer

Bus Éireann

20/04/2022

€238,000 MONUMENTS FUNDING FOR CAVAN/MONAGHAN – BRENDAN SMITH TD

“I welcome the approval by Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister Malcolm Noonan of €238,000 for Cavan/Monaghan under the 2022 Community Monuments Fund.  €128,000 has been approved in respect of four projects in County Cavan and €110,000 for two projects in County Monaghan.

I compliment the Heritage Officers in Cavan and Monaghan County Councils and the local community groups involved in preparing these successful applications.  This work is essential in protecting archaeological heritage and, indeed, such monuments provide a sense of place in many communities, both urban and rural, throughout the country.  It is also notable that the wide range of projects reflect the rich history of our countryside.

The aim of the Community Monuments Fund is to assist in the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of historic sites and local monuments.  The successful projects and the grant-aid approved in Cavan and Monaghan are:

Drumlane Abbey –                                €84,698.50

St Mogue’s Island –                              €15,473.40

Moybologue Graveyard –                      €13,139.50

Moneygashel Cashel –                           €14,491.86

Errigal Truagh Church –                        €82,032.45

Killevan Church and Graveyard –         €28,137.00

I wish all involved in these projects continued success with this important work” stated Brendan Smith TD.

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APRIL  19 2022

‘Jimmy Leonard was a tireless, diligent worker for all constituents’

14 April 2022

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith has paid tribute to former TD Jimmy Leonard, following his passing.

Deputy Brendan Smith stated: “I was very saddened to learn of the death of my former Dáil colleague, Jimmy Leonard.  May he Rest In Peace.

“Jimmy was a tireless, diligent and loyal worker for all constituents. He was a powerful advocate for peace on this island and cross-border co-operation even in the darkest days.  Jimmy always championed the needs of rural Ireland and the less well off in our communities. He brought to his political work a great and incisive knowledge of farming and the agri-food sector.  I know that he gave great help to many start-up enterprises that went on to provide valuable employment locally.”

The Cavan and Monaghan TD added: “Jimmy was held in high esteem throughout our own country and by parliamentarians from other states.  He worked very well along with colleagues from the Oireachtas and from Westminster in the early days of the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body when there were very difficult relationships between Ireland and Britain.

“Outside of politics Jimmy was a great family man, a community activist and a strong supporter of different sports including gaelic games. He was an extremely decent and honourable colleague to work with at constituency and national level. His daughter Ann, as a Senator, carried on that fine tradition of public representation.

“To Jimmy’s devoted wife, Tess, his children, Raymond, Joe, Colette, Ann, Ciarán and extended family I convey my deepest sympathy.” “Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”

Brendan Smith: Post Office network needs Government support to provide range of additional services

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith has renewed his call for the government to provide additional financial support for the Post Office Network to allow them to provide additional government services.

Following a Dáil question to the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “I have asked the Minister specifically for an update on when the Inter-Departmental Group Report on the Post Office Network will be submitted to the Government for decisions.

“Our post office network is the lifeblood for many rural communities across Ireland and they need financial support to continue to provide vital services for many people who may not be digitally or technology focused. 

“There are also other Government services that the post office network would be ideally placed to administer and should be given the opportunity to do so as part of the Inter-Departmental Group Report.”

In response to Deputy Smith’s question, Minister Eamon Ryan stated: “My Department is engaging with the company, other Government Departments and agencies and key stakeholders in line with this commitment.

“The work of an Inter-Departmental Group established to consider the feasibility of new Government services is being considered at present and the report of the Group will be brought to Government when all options have been considered.”

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13/04/2022

Brendan Smith urges local cross-border Authority Partnerships to apply for €5m Shared Island funding scheme

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith has urged cross-border Local Authority Partnerships in Cavan and Monaghan to apply for the new Shared Island Local Authority Development Funding Scheme.

The €5m scheme is being funded through the Government’s Shared Island Fund and will support the development of new joint investment projects by cross-border Local Authority partnerships to deliver on agreed regional development goals and the Shared Island dimension of the National Development Plan.

The scheme will enable Local Authorities to partner on a cross-border basis to bring new projects through feasibility or pre-planning stages, with a maximum amount of €250,000 per project awarded.

The objective is to develop a pipeline of new proposals at Local Authority level which can seek capital funding for construction and implementation phases, on a cross-border basis, including through the Government’s Shared Island Fund.  

 Areas which may be considered for development funding include, but are not limited to:

•            Tourism and recreation on a cross-border basis- walking routes, mountain bike trails; active travel opportunities; food trails;

•            Collaborative education, training or skills provision to meet regional needs;

•            Enterprise development, including to support cross-border clusters, networks, innovation, hubs, bioeconomy, agri-food, FDI;

•            Conservation of biodiversity; including border region peatland protection;

•            Improving/developing natural or built heritage;

•            Cultural curation projects which recognise and celebrate diverse community and cultural traditions.

Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “Local Authorities have long worked together on a cross-border basis, and many have agreed new regional development goals and strategies. The Shared Island Local Authority Development Funding scheme will enable Local Authorities to take forward these objectives developing a pipeline of new cross-border investment projects. This is part of how the Government is working for a more connected, sustainable and prosperous island, as set out in the Shared Island dimension of the revised National Development Plan 2021-30.

“This is a really exciting initiative, which will bring Councils North and South together to explore the potential on their doorstep and develop concrete plans to progress new regional development projects”.

The closing date for cross border Local Authority Partnerships to apply to Shared Island Local Government Development Funding Scheme is 27 May 2022.

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12/04/2022